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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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Alaskan Barley Wine has been produced in limited edition vintages each year since its introduction in 2003. A big beer for big winters, this brew has garnered a steady following in Alaska. Bottled for the first time in 2007, the balanced flavor collaboration between hops, malt and high alcohol showcases the barley wine style, winning first place at the 2007 Toronado Barley Wine Festival and bronze at the 2008 World Beer Cup.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Thanks to skyview for this. dMassive hops on the nose of this cloudy brown beer. Sweet carmel malt flavor with plenty of hops. A little warm right now so could use some time in a cellar.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4197) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2008
22oz bottle, Vintage 2007. Thanks KP. Medium brown color. Sweet aroma, hints of well balanced Winter Warmer. Hints of new tires. Flavor is sweet. Bitterness in the finish but still flows with residual sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel and citrus notes, earthy. Flavor, caramel and brown sugar up front, some earthy citrus notes towards the end. A nice sweetness to it, balancing hops. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle shared at the Cleveland tasting.Another one I have been hearing much ado about! Would love to try this aged a few years! Pour was a a dark brown and mahogany. Tasted like sugar plum! Alcohol was present and made it quite warm going down.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (7871) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Big thanks to Old Mr. Crow for this one. Pours turbid deep brownish ruby with 1-finger khaki head and nice concentric lace rings. For a beer this big, the lace stayed around for a while. The nose was fruity, with strawberry, blueberry, cherry, heavy malt, hops, and some perfumy florals. The palate was rich, hefty, complex, and not hot at all, with flavors of big fruit and berries, heavy caramelly malt, hops, and some late chocolate notes. Not only is this one of the best barleywines I have yet quaffed, but it is one of the best beers as well. An early contender for Doc Lock Beer of the Year status.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 7, 2008
2007 thick, dark brown pour with no head. brief sweet taste and then it has a spicy hop finish

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Changus (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Dark brown color, smells like plumbs and a red wine. Tastes like the fruits just wear off and never show you what they are made of. Rich in a candy pear hop and finishes with a spice. Should buy another one and wait 10 years.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 2007 Vintage, courtesy of Zinister, who didn’t ask for payment for my half of the shipment this came in. Thanks, dude! Pours a "chalky" brown caramel/chocoloate, with an aroma of raisin, sugar, and a touch of plumb. Flavor is fruity chocolate with hints of sweet peat, candied hops, and a touch of pepper in the finish. A touch of merlot seems to be hidden amongst the sweetness, perhaps accounting for the slight woodsy feel of the overall flavor experience. Notes of peach emerge as it warms, but the base of dark fruit never fully releases its grip on the taste buds. Somewhat restrained mouthfeel, but the flavors are solid enough to make up for any shortcomings in this area. This will age very well, I believe.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Sampled from 2007 bottle courtesy Beerlando. Mostly clear ruby-coper color with a thin white layer of head. Sweet dark fruity aroma, hop background. Slightly sweet, mix of malt and hops is tilted slightly towards the hops, a hop character is mild, considering its a fresh bottle. Nice thick hearty palate. A satisfying BW.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Fresh 2007 vintage. Pours a very dark caramelized brown body with slight translucency. This is one of the darkest barleywines I’ve ever seen. A thin, cream colored head settles to a wispy film and leaves behind sheet-like, syrupy legs with no lacing. The aroma shows rich, dark caramel, chocolate malts, vanilla, and a touch of dark fruity notes. Flavors are mainly rich, concentrated caramel, woodsy notes, malty dark fruits, and a touch of earthy, peppery hops. The body is smooth and full, but slightly sticky. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Solid brew that will improve with age.


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